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3D Studio MAX 3 Effects Magic Paperback – 19 May 2000


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (19 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735708673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735708679
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,537,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 3D Studio Max application is big and has great depth, but most of the available books that cover it are either the all-encompassing "bible" type--which are great reference books but often lack in-depth tutorials--or the getting-started type, designed to orient the new user without inducing a bad case of "featuritis overwhelmus."

3D Studio Max 3 Magic nicely fills the need of the intermediate to advanced user. It assumes the reader is already familiar with Max, has been working with it for some time, and is ready to move on to the next level.

Featuring 20 chapters written by nine top 3-D Studio Max artists, Max Magic is designed to be read, used, and worked through, but not necessarily in sequence. Each chapter is an independent tutorial demonstrating a specific technique, and each is well written and lavishly illustrated. Every page is in colour, helping to make the book a pleasure to flip through and each chapter easy to work through.

A good case in point is chapter six, "Lighting Effects: Rim Lighting and Diffuse Glow". The goal of this chapter is to simulate the lighting that falls on a foetus in a womb (or at least what we expect it to look like). An image of the final render is at the head of the c

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3D Studio MAX 3 Effects Magic is structured in a cookbook for you, highly-trained chefs who are in constant need of new ideas for recipes. We know you don't need theory, and you don't need beginner level recipes. You need a cookbook you can use in the kitchn while your working. No non-sense instructions on very imaginative recipes, that you can then take and either use as is, or use as inspiration for your own creations. This book has 25 can't miss recipes for getting stunning effects from 3D Studio MAX.3, cooked up by some of the best CG chefs in the world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Clouston on 19 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
Each tutorial guides you step by step, without the small details (ie: Move cursor here, and push this button, the one that's colored gray above such and such...).
Each chapter can be approached as the starting point. You don't have to start from the beginning of the book and work your way through it.
Also, I found that the elongated copy of this publish was helpful when reading through each tutorial. I could turn to my side, read the steps, then work through it on my PC.
The end of each chapter gives you variations of the applied work, so you can go off and experiment.
A must read if you're wanting to learn from the professionals. Get this book, make yourself some coffee and work through it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2000
Format: Paperback
well i saw this book in a shop, had a flic through and bought it, if u want a book thats going to show you how to do matrix style effects this is it . Its well written and easy to follow but you should have a basic understanding of max as you should use the examples and expand on them you use track view and video post a lot and it can be confusing if u dont know ur way round the max interface ......reguards ark from the uk
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gilbert on 22 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
When I read up about this book I was thinking that it would be one of the better books to buy. Boy! Was I mistaken.
This book is certainly well worth it. Along with a couple of other books that I purchased I would certainly recommend anyone interested in learning more about 3D studio max.
The tutorials are easy to understand and follow. You are taken step by step to create some of the most amaizing scenes I did not think were possible to create.
Another great feature that awaits you in this book is a packed CDRom with some really great extras as well as a few bonus chapters that are not mentioned until you receive the book.
I must say that although you have the manuals, you certainly will miss out on alot of shortcuts available if you give this book a miss.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
AN EXCELLENT BOOK 8 Jun. 2000
By Angelo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent if you have some experience with max, and if you want to learn some tricks, the book show you how to make 20 effects, for example how to make a NOVA explosion, how to make realistic water, if you have a lot experience with max, maybe you will know all the trick show here, but always you can find a surprise. I have more of 2 year experience with Max, and I have to admit, that this book, show me a lot of tricks, that made my presentation more espectacular I reccomend this book.
but remember this is not a tutorial about max, this is a tutorial to how made some scene, then you need experience in max, at least the basics knowledgment.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great effects 4 Aug. 2000
By Martin Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to enhance their abilities with 3D Studio MAX 3. It goes beyond the MAX tutorials to show you how to create effects that obviously took some of these professionals a long time to perfect. The car paint material chapter alone is worth the price of the book. My only complaint is that it's too short.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Coffee Table Book of Max Manuals 28 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent for anyone who already has a working knowledge of Max3. The 20 effects covered in the book are clearly explained with lots of pictures, all of which could easily be used to give your demo reel or project extra flair. The whole book is printed in color. My favorite lessons are the Moving Crowd, Glowing Trail, and Realistic Eyeball (best eyeball tutorial I've seen). Each lesson also contains techniques that could be applied elsewhere. Not a comprehensive manual, more like a bag of tricks. Very good!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a pleasingly easy to follow book 22 Nov. 2000
By Tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm thoroughly happy with this book as it is very easy to understand and follow. However, one or two of the tutorials are very dodgy indeed. Like for example the Tidal Wave effect on the CD is not very good, the wave looks extremely fake and out of place. But apart from that, the rest of this book is very well made and presented. A must buy for any intermediate users.
The 3dMax Goodie Bag! 22 Sept. 2000
By Andrew Susag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the big gripes I hear from people using tutorial books for software is that they are linear. (They make you start with the apple, then they let you model the tree, and somewhere way down they road you get to model Johnny Appleseed.) This is not the case with 3dMax 3 Magic. Each chapter introduces a new technique on a new tutorial model. In one chapter you are shown how to make realistic looking water surfaces, in another you are being shown how to make the best looking car paint I've ever seen. Like the title of this review states, this is a goodie bag. It is for the Intermediate to Advanced user who wants a "How To" on some of the things Max 3 has to offer. The Authors of the book assume that you atleast know your way around the application. I'm happy to have this book on my shelf, right next to my computer!
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